The Best Movies to Stream This Halloween

The spooky season is slowly creeping up on us, and let’s face it, there is no better way to spend the run-up to Halloween than settling in and watching some festive movies!

Whether you’re a lover of straight-up horror or prefer a bit of family-friendly fun, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime give us access to a whole plethora of Halloween-related films.

If your current home theatre system isn’t quite delivering the best Halloween thrills this season, why not consider an upgrade? For more guidance about home cinema installation, get in touch with our experienced team here at JL Audio Visual!

Halloween (2018)

Would Halloween be complete without, well… Halloween?

This reboot of the 1978 slasher classic pays homage to the original by positioning itself as a sort of meta-comedy. Although you won’t be disappointed with the gore that’s expected from this kind of movie, you might be surprised by how comedic it is. With clever references to the franchise and the genre as a whole, many viewers feel like this is a more successful sequel than any of its predecessors.

The film follows the iconic horror figure Michael Myers as he escapes from a psychiatric facility and heads back to the town where his previous reign of terror took place to pick up where he left off.

This nostalgic slasher, available on Netflix, is sure to send chills down your spine!

A man eating popcorn watching a Halloween movie

Halloweentown (1998)

If you’re not a massive fan of horror but still like to get in the Halloween spirit, this may be perfect for you!

Just released on Disney Plus, this family-friendly movie is packed with cosy October visuals and supernatural adventure. The film follows thirteen-year-old Marnie who learns that she comes from a family of witches. With her family, she visits her grandmother, a good witch, who lives in a town where witches, vampires and goblins roam the suburbs, living normal lives.

The three main characters get up to mischief with their new-found witch powers and must use their talents to save the town from being taken over by an evil spirit.

This fantastical light-hearted movie has all the Halloween vibes without giving you and your family too much of a fright!

Hereditary (2018)

We’re back on the scarier end of the spectrum with Hereditary. This one can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime for those brave enough to give it a watch this Halloween.

The creepy tale follows the Graham family as they start to learn about their increasingly sinister ancestry, following the death of the family matriarch. They unravel terrifying secrets and experience some horrifying things. Before diving into this one, the less said, the better!

If you’re the sort of person who likes to spend Halloween getting as scared as possible, this one is sure to elicit some sleepless nights!

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The Most Popular Movies on Netflix During Lockdown

With the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns across the world, this year has definitely brought some challenges and changes to all our lives. Trying to be positive has been difficult for many, but if there’s one good thing to come out of staying at home all day, it’s all that extra time for Netflix binging!

Here at JL Audio Visual, we know how important a home theatre system can be, especially during these socially-distanced times! Being able to achieve quality visuals and audio from the comfort of your own home is now more relevant and desirable than ever.

Things are slowly starting to return to normal as the movie industry gets back on its feet. In the meantime, there are plenty of films in the Netflix library to be getting on with.

But what were some of the movies that kept us company during the depths of lockdown? Netflix are famously secretive about their viewing stats, but through looking at what frequently appeared on their ‘Top 10’ feature and what was most talked about on social media, we can get a rough estimate of some of the most-watched movies during the lockdown period!

Contagion (2011)

This is an unsurprising if slightly indulgently macabre result. Those who aren’t familiar with the movie might be scratching their heads as to why a 2011 release got a massive boost in renewed interest. To put it simply, this movie depicts a hauntingly similar situation to the one we were all facing at the height of the pandemic.

The movie follows the discovery of a deadly virus after a woman dies suddenly, which seems to catalyse a series of fatal cases. The virus explodes into a global pandemic, and society begins on the path of collapse.

This was probably such a popular choice because many felt it reflected the world’s recent situation. There are no zombies or aliens in this apocalypse, just a virus and the very real-world panic to contend with. Many viewers felt this was a cathartic if eerily prophetic watch.

A map marked with virus outbreaks

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

This movie marks a trend of people revisiting old favourites. What’s more comforting than kicking back with a bucket of popcorn and watching a tried and tested classic?

The epic drama follows a former banker who is found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit. He must come to terms with the horrors of his new life in Shawshank prison while holding onto his hopes and dreams. Our main character befriends another inmate (played by Morgan Freeman); they help each other find solace and eventual redemption.

You can see why themes of hope and redemption might have been something viewers were looking for during all the lockdown uncertainty!

Red boxes full of popcorn

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)

This recent release appeared on Netflix just before lockdown hit and continued to be a favourite for many over the following months. As a sequel to the much-loved original teen rom-com, this film was bound to have a strong and enduring presence on social media.

Based on the trilogy of books by Jenny Hann, the film continues to follow the relationship of two young high-schoolers and the light-hearted drama that such relationships inevitably bring. The visuals are colourful and cosy, providing the perfect solution to lockdown cabin fever.

It’s sweet, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, the perfect ingredients for a much-needed comfort film to get people smiling when there wasn’t much else to smile about!

Pink heart lights

These movies show the kind of variable viewing experiences that viewers were reaching for. From all too realistic apocalyptic settings to cheesy high school dramas, lockdown saw it all. There was certainly time to expand upon typical tastes and find some new favourites!

If lockdown made you realise the value of a quality home cinema system, we can help you realise your home theatre dreams! For more information about how we could help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Why Should a Professional Install Your Home Cinema System?

It is exciting when you are finally ready to invest in the complete home cinema experience. Understandably, many homeowners want to get stuck in and take charge of the installation themselves. They want to make sure everything is perfect and meets with their requirements.

However, installation is often far more complex than many people realise. To get the desired level of perfection, your best bet is to hire a professional to install your system.

At JL Audio Visual, we have over 15 years of experience in home cinema installation. With this knowledge, we understand how important it is to get your cinema system just right.

We look at the benefits of having a professional install your home cinema system, so all you’ll have to do is sit back, relax and immerse yourself in a good film!

Speaker Positioning

Professionals will be able to assess your space and figure out the best places to install surround sound speakers. Sound will be an essential part of your cinema experience, so ensuring speakers are in the optimal position will greatly benefit you.

A professional av consultant will be able to consider room insulation and acoustics as well as seating placement when deciding on the most appropriate sound system layout.

Sound Quality

As previously mentioned, sound will be vital for your home cinema. Good quality sound is something that you will want to invest in. A home theatre technician can provide advice on the best speakers for your space and will be able to recommend how to improve sound quality across all your devices.

A TV surrounded by speakers

Screen Advice

The most important part of any home cinema is probably the screen. To ensure that you have the best possible tech for your space and budget, professional installers will advise you on how to get the best viewing experience.

It may not be immediately apparent to you which sized screen is the most appropriate for your room, but a professional will be able to evaluate this.

Cables

For many, dealing with the nest of cords and wires involved in home cinema installation can be a daunting prospect. This is where professionals can help. They can ensure that wires and cables are tucked neatly away and out of sight while also confirming that everything is functioning at full capacity.

Safety and Efficiency

If you install everything yourself, there is a higher chance that something may not be correctly fitted which could lead to safety issues. With the help of a professional, you can have peace of mind that all safety regulations were followed. There is less chance of things going amiss if you don’t go down the DIY route.

Hiring a professional will also allow you to get it right the first time. Problems with connectivity and sound or picture quality can be frustrating and costly. If initial installation is done correctly, your experience will be much better!

Three people watching a big screen

Research and Tools

Ultimately, it is just easier to have the help of someone who knows what they are doing! There is no need to watch confusing video tutorials on various installation methods when a professional is on hand to do it all for you. They will have all the necessary tools needed which will also save you more hassle if you were to attempt installation yourself.

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How Does a TV Aerial Work?

With the ever increasing availability of tech, we’ve all had to become more adept at dealing with various technical issues in our homes. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of how everything works and how everything needs to be fixed.

As experienced audio visual consultants, we have extensive knowledge about the technology and equipment in your home; this includes TV aerials.

You don’t necessarily need to know the ins and outs of a TV aerial to sit back and enjoy your favourite show. However, it can be helpful to understand how they work in case things start going wrong and your TV’s picture quality isn’t up to your standards.

For the curious mind, we’ve put together a quick summary of how a TV aerial actually works!

What is a TV Aerial?

Essentially, a TV aerial or antenna receives broadcasted television signals from the TV station. Aerials are split into two categories: indoor and outdoor. Indoor antennas are usually located next to or on top of your television set, while outdoor antennas are mounted on top of your house and are exposed to the elements. 

The type of aerial you have can often depend on where your house is located. Outdoor aerials are more appropriate for fringe or rural areas that are far from the transmission stations and therefore more likely to be blocked by natural obstructions like hills and forests. 

You probably don’t give much thought to your television aerial, but they are essential to your viewing experience!

How Does it Work?

So you know where it is, and that it receives signals from the TV station, but how does an aerial actually work?

A TV aerial is made out of metal which allows electromagnetic waves to carry TV signals to the aerial and induce small electrical currents. Your television will then select the appropriate audio and visual information from within the signal.

An aerial is made up of a series of rods and parts. The dipole is the main part that picks up signals and sends them to your TV through the aerial cable.

The directors, as their name suggests, perform the task of directing the signal towards the dipole. The more directors there are on an aerial, the more signal will be directed towards the crucial point; some aerials have between 50 to 90 directors.

The final main part of an aerial is the reflector, also known as the wing. There are usually two reflectors between the dipole. This part of the device both stops the signal from being directed past the dipole and prevents unwanted signals from being received from the back end of the aerial.

What Affects Aerial Performance?

As mentioned before, it is always useful to have a basic understanding of how things work so that you can get the most from them and realise when things have gone wrong!

Many things can affect your aerial’s effectiveness and therefore your TV’s performance.

If your aerial becomes unaligned by poor weather, it will affect the signal you receive, thus interfering with your TV’s picture quality.

Issues like this can be hard to spot and fix on your own, so speaking to a trained engineer is your best bet if you think alignment issues might be your problem.

The aerial cable can also become disconnected or faulty. When you get that ‘no signal’ message on your TV, it could be that your cable has just become loose. This can be remedied easily by making sure it is plugged in securely. If cable problems persist, you may need to replace it.

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Here at JL Audio Visual, we are committed to giving you the best at-home visual and sound experiences. To find out how we could help provide aerial solutions for your home, contact us today!